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Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata

Mauritania
Factors affecting the property in 2012*
  • Desertification
  • Financial resources
  • Governance
  • Human resources
  • Identity, social cohesion, changes in local population and community
  • Impacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
  • Legal framework
  • Management activities
  • Management systems/ management plan
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

a) Socio-economic and climatic changes;

b) Gradual abandonment of the towns;

c) Transformations made to houses affecting their authenticity;

d) Tourism pressure;

e) No technical conservation capacities;

f) No management mechanism (including legal);

g) Lack of human and financial resources;

h) Weak institutional coordination.

UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds until 2012

Total amount provided to the property: USD 44,166 in the framework of the France-UNESCO Convention; USD 40,860 for the supervision of the World Bank/Mauritanian Government/UNESCO tripartite project (USD 1,245,000).

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2012
Requests approved: 8 (from 1995-2010)
Total amount approved : 139,632 USD
Missions to the property until 2012**

April 2001: World Heritage Centre; 2002-2004: six World Heritage Centre missions in the framework of the World Bank project; December 2006: France-UNESCO mission and joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission. 

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2012

The State Party has not submitted a report on the state of conservation requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in 2010.

In October 2010, a request for Emergency International Assistance was approved for the site of Tichitt affected by torrential rains. Initially, the World Heritage Fund allocated an amount of 20,000 USD to finance a mission to assess the damage and the emergency consolidation work required. Following this mission, the State Party submitted a restoration project for the Tichitt Mosque which was discussed with ICOMOS. A revised request for the funding of expertise and a part of the restoration work was expected, but has not yet been received by the World Heritage Centre.

No information on progress in theTichitt project or on the state of conservation of the entire property is available.

Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 2012

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies recommend that the World Heritage Committee regret the absence of the report and express its concern as regards the state of conservation of the property and progress in the restoration project for the Tichitt Mosque which should have begun following the expert mission of December 2010.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2012
36 COM 7B.56
Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata (Mauritania) (C 750)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add,

2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.60, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3.   Regrets that the State Party has not submitted the requested report;

4.   Strongly urges the State Party to implement all the recommendations, notably those concerning the establishment of legal protection, the consolidation of appropriate local management mechanisms and the preparation of a management plan for the property;

5.   Requests the State Party to transmit to the World Heritage Centre a technical report on the restoration of the Tichitt Mosque;

6.   Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, a report on progress accomplished in the implementation of its recommendations for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013.

Draft Decision: 36 COM 7B.56

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.60, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Regrets that the State Partyhas not submitted the requested report;

4. Strongly urges the State Party to implement all the recommendations, notably those concerning the establishment of legal protection, the consolidation of appropriate local management mechanisms and the preparation of a management plan for the property;

5. Requests the State Party to transmit to the World Heritage Centre a technical report on the restoration of the Tichitt Mosque;

6. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, a report on progress accomplished in the implementation of its recommendations for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013.

Report year: 2012
Mauritania
Date of Inscription: 1996
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iii)(iv)(v)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 36COM (2012)
Exports

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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